Implementation Manager – Outside Plant – Whitehorse, YT


The Implementation Manager Outside Plant, reporting to, Senior Manager Access and Distribution Infrastructure is accountable for managing capital projects relating to implementation of Northwestel Fiber and Copper facilities based on an understanding of business needs and specific customer requirements. The manager determines the most cost-effective method for accomplishing project needs from general information, user requirements, planning input; resulting in the development of detailed engineering plans, estimates, budgets, specifications and schedules to evaluate and implement new systems and technologies.

The successful incumbent is accountable for the ongoing monitoring and planning’s that drives Northwestel’s operations force: availability management, configuration management, capacity management to ensure adequate network and OSS (Operational Support Systems) capacity is provided for current and future needs.


Implementation (75% of role)

Through review of business plan objectives for specific technologies, the incumbent designs and develops detailed plans according to company standards for capital projects including unit testing & exception handling, developing installation specifications and detailed cost estimates including support packages consisting of support procedures, training, spares and vendor support.
Once detailed plans have been developed, create implementation schedules, procure materials, equipment, engineering hardware and software, develop work schedules and priorities (for internal staff and/or contractors).
Through project management discipline, ensure work is being done to specifications and meeting timelines set out, monitoring of capital budget expenditures; performs systems testing and acceptance of project. Evaluates skills and engages either internal personnel (or) contactors to perform work functions. Conduct work site inspections and maintains build quality through audits.
The incumbent is responsible for developing proposed network designs for review and consideration; creating detailed circuit orders based on network designs and documenting any “as-built” network construction.
While adhering to ITIL change management guidelines the Implementation Manager is responsible for submitting Requests for Change (RFCs) including Methods of Procedures and Roll Back plans for Network Changes associated with project work; as well as participating in Change Advisory Board meetings as a Subject Matter Expert.
Provides third level technical support to various projects and areas of the organization

Capacity and Availability Management (20% of role)

Responsible for managing capacity and availability of assets to ensure planners have information to develop technology business plans.
The incumbent is responsible for tracking and generating asset information required for planning purposes including predicting replacement, enhancement of assets based on age, return on investment, performance and capacity while developing best practices (CNPs).
Provide support through Incident Management including assisting in resolution of any escalated incidents and resolution of reoccurring incidents or problems with the current network.

Business Planning (5% of role)

Provide input and solutions to Strategic planners, steering teams, the portfolio management team, and the overall ITM business plan. The Implementation Manager is a key contributor to the strategic planning process.
Develop Implementable plans including descriptions of the underlying business need and solution, as well as a High Level estimated project plan including resourcing, cost, timeline, and business value.
Assess technological business needs on a case by case basis, utilize that assessment to develop business cases for technological solutions.
Maintain technology menu through approving devices for specific applications including IOS versions and levels; maintain, support and enforce technology approval process.


This position requires a P.Eng or EIT (Civil Engineering) that is registered or able to be registered in Yukon, NWT, or BC. A Technician with a combination of experience in telecommunications or utility (outside plant) field activities such as: construction manager, foreman, lineman, or cable splicer, will also be considered. Relevant knowledge and experience with:

Aerial, buried, underground, and building entrance design.
Permitting processes, public rights of way, private easements, aerial roadway crossings.
Telecommunications and cable industry outside plant construction practices.
Outside plant design procedures, cable relocate procedures, telephone and cable industry standards, electrical codes, safety standards.
Experience reading, interpreting and creating outside plant maps, schematics, and drawings.
Construction contract management.
Copper and fibre splicing methods, standards and procedures.
Optical time domain reflectometry and optical fibre testing.
Hybrid Fibre/Coax (HFC) network architectures including optical nodes, trunk amplifiers, line extenders and taps is an asset.
In conjunction with those specifications, this position also requires that the incumbent possess very good organizational, analytical, communication (oral and written) skills and be computer literate with the Microsoft Office Suite of applications (Word, Excel, Access).

As part of the recruitment process for this position, candidates may be required to take pre-employment tests and/or complete work simulation exercise to assess job fit.

As a safety conscious COR™ Certified organization, we have an established and comprehensive safety program. We expect all employees to participate in our organizational health and safety programs, adhering to all safe work procedures focused on continuous improvement.

Northwestel values diversity in the workplace and is committed to the goals of Employment Equity. We strive to achieve a skilled workforce that is representative of the population we serve, and as a Northern company, we are committed to the employment and career development of our Indigenous peoples. Candidates must clearly indicate on their application if they are an Indigenous person, a woman, a person with a disability, or a visible minority if they wish to receive hiring preference.

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